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16 March 2018

Hands-On Activities for all the Family Celebrating the Cambridge Science Festival – Sunday 25th March

16 March 2018

Hands-On Activities for all the Family Celebrating the Cambridge Science Festival – Sunday 25th March


If you love Science, this day is for you!

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology is opening its doors for an exciting day of hands-on activities and talks to mark the end of the Cambridge Science Festival on Sunday 25th March.

Doors open 11am-3pm with thousands of visitors expected at the site in Robinson Way throughout the day.

Activities and talks include everything from ‘High-Tech Gizmos and Apps for a Healthy Brain’ to ‘Pains and Brains’ and ‘I’m a Superhero!’

To find out more about the activities taking place, please go to the events listing page of the Cambridge Science Festival Website at: and click on the calendar to bring up all the events throughout the day.

No need to book, just show up on the day.

We look forward to seeing you!

Science at 6 Speakers – Monday 19th to Friday 23rd March

We are also hosting some top names in Science for our Science at 6 Speakers event in our Lecture Theatre throughout next week, including last year’s Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry, Dr Richard Henderson.

See below for list of events. To book please visit the Cambridge Science Festival website.

Science at 6 (public lectures at the college)

Monday 19th March  The Future of organ transplantation:  Science, technology, ethics and law – Dr Kourosh Saeb Parsy (Dept. Surgery, University of Cambridge)*

*Image copyright: Phalinn Ooi

Tuesday 20th March Revealing the wonders of the molecular world – Dr Richard Henderson (Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology)*

Wednesday 21st March What’s the point of pain? – Prof. Geoff Wood (Cambridge Institute of Medical Research, University of Cambridge)*
Thursday 22nd March Oliver gave his heart to Amelia . . . and his lungs to Chloe – Mr Pedro Catarino (Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)*
Friday 23rd March Sierra Leone, Ebola and beyond – Prof. Ian Goodfellow (Public Health England) and Ian Harvey*

15 March 2018

Students talk to BBC Newsround for Stephen Hawking Tribute

15 March 2018

Students talk to BBC Newsround for Stephen Hawking Tribute

BBC Newsround has featured some of our students in a tribute to Cambridge scientist, Professor Stephen Hawking.

In the interviews, the students – Ellie-Anne, Meriel, Ethan, Jacob and Max – spoke about how Professor Hawking inspired them to pursue science and how they will remember him.

The BBC clip, featuring our students as part of an overall piece on Professor Hawking, can be found here: 

A video montage of just our students comments can be found in the video below:-

13 March 2018

CAST to host Nobel Prize Winner for Cambridge Science Festival

13 March 2018

CAST to host Nobel Prize Winner for Cambridge Science Festival

We will be welcoming last year’s Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Dr Henderson, from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, is one of three scientists to have been awarded the Prize last year and one of five high-profile speakers booked for the public Science at 6 Lectures to run throughout next week, beginning Monday 19th March.

Booked to speak at CAST on Tuesday 20th March, Dr Henderson’s lecture is titled: “Revealing the wonders of the molecular world” and will take place in the school’s Lecture Theatre in Robinson Way, Cambridge.

Dr Henderson was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work developing a new method to produce images of biological molecules frozen in time. The three Nobel Prize winners developed a technique called cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM), which allows the machinery of life to be visualised frozen in their natural form.

The process makes it possible for life’s molecular machines to be captured mid-movement and allows scientists to visualise processes that have never before been seen.

Speaking ahead of the event, CAST’s Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield said: “Our students are used to working with some of the area’s top scientists through their college work and our innovative curriculum, it is great to be able to share the  excitement in what we do with a wider public audience.”

“The event is a great way for our students to see they are an important part of the Cambridge Science community and not just students in a school.”

Topics for the other four Science at 6 Lectures are: The Future of organ transplantation:  Science, technology, ethics and law; What’s the point of pain?; Oliver gave his heart to Amelia . . . and his lungs to Chloe; and Sierra Leone, Ebola and beyond.

As well as the lectures, CAST will host the main events on the final day of the Festival, Sunday 25th March, when over 40 external organisations will come into the school to run interactive activities throughout the day.

Around 3,000 visitors are expected to visit the school during the day, which runs from 11am to 3pm.

Activities include: Cells in the spotlight; From bench to bedside: How are therapeutic drugs developed?; High-tech gizmos and apps for a healthy brain; Movement matter: Bones & joints, repair, regeneration and replacement; Neural networks at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus; Sensational fluorescent fruit flies as well as Your Immune Army: How do cells communicate and sense?

In addition to events at CAST, there are many more going on across Cambridge between 12th and 25th March. Please go to the Festival Website at: for details of all events.

*Photos thanks to MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

9 March 2018

Industrial Cadet Awards – School of the Year Finalists

9 March 2018

Industrial Cadet Awards – School of the Year Finalists

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology has become the only school in the UK to have gone through to the finals of a national awards scheme for the second year running, in recognition of its success preparing students for the world of work.

Named School of the Year finalist in the EDT (Engineering Development Trust) Industrial Cadet Awards, staff and students from the Academy attended the Awards Ceremony in London on Wednesday March 7 where they were presented with their certificate by Prince Charles.

The Awards are a national industry-led accreditation designed to enhance workplace experiences for young people, with 95% of all Cadets agreeing that they have improved skills as a direct result of their Industrial Cadets experience.

Providing a flexible framework for all sizes of employers to enable them to run accredited workplace experiences, Industrial Cadets ensures that young people can develop the skills they need during these programmes, giving them a valuable workplace experience and a nationally recognised award at the end.

The Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology signed up for the accreditation three years ago because it believes the aims of the award reflect those of the college. As a University Technical College, for pupils aged 14-19 specialising in STEM subjects, the school allows its students to undertake project-based learning at least one day a week to give them practical skills to use alongside academic achievement.

CAST has incorporated Industrial Cadet Awards into both its GCSE and Sixth Form Curriculum – so that this year all Year 10 students will complete Silver level awards and all Year 12 students will complete Gold.

The Awards this week were to mark each school’s work to embed the ethos of workplace learning into their curriculum. One of the projects associated with the Awards included CAST students developing wearable technology to help them monitor pollution levels.

Speaking after the Awards, Assistant Headteacher at CAST, Dr Alistair Easterfield, said: “The need for practical and employability skills alongside academic performance in producing successful STEM graduates is integral to our college ethos. We have found the Industrial Cadets framework helpful in allowing us to reflect on our current practice and address skills gaps.”

“The award has also been extremely helpful in providing external validation of the students’ learning and provided them with a real sense of achievement in completing projects well.”

A representative from Arm, one of CAST’s main sponsors, was also awarded a certificate at the ceremony. Simon Humphrey, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Arm, won the Change Maker of the Year Award in recognition for his work both locally and nationally in support of Industrial Cadets and EDT.

Pictured at the Awards on stage with Prince Charles is CAST Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield (3rd from right) and Computer Science Lead, Barry Cooper (4th from right). CAST Year 13 students who attended and spent time talking to Prince Charles were Sophie, Alexandra and Nanyo.

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